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Hospital Corps Celebrates 105th Anniversary
By Aveline V. Allen
Bureau of Medicine & Surgery
June 16, 2003
"I'm proud of what the team represents .. .honor , courage, and
commitment, " said FORCM Jacqueline L. DiRosa, Head of the Navy's Hospital
Corps (HC) , as 23,843 active duty and 4,500 reservists celebrate 105 years
of dedicated and committed service on June 17. "The Hospital Corps is
comprised of compassionate, professional men and women whose history is
marked with service, honor, unwaivering courage and a never-ending
commitment to the health and welfare of our Sailors, Marines and their
families . "
The Navy's Hospital Corps continues to play an important role in Navy
Medicine ' s mission of Force Health Protection (FHP) .
"The Hospital Corps plays a vital role in ensuring our mission of FHP
is met from battlefield care to research and development, " said DiRosa. "In
fact. Navy Medicine could not meet its mission without the direct
involvement of the nearly 24, 000 hospital corpsmen in the 34 health care
specialties . "
In addition to FHP, the HC is currently involved in efforts to improve
their performance on land and abroad. They have increased several of their
training programs to enhance their skill and performance level .
"There has been an increase in chemical, biological, radiation, and
nuclear training and an increase in trauma training and platform specific
training for MAP personnel, " said DiRosa.
However, she stresses that much of the areas of improvement lie within
the commands .
"We are always looking for areas of improvement , but the biggest impact
to our readiness and ability to carry out the mission rests with each
command, " said DiRosa. "Commands have the responsibility to ensure their
personnel are well trained to meet the operational and homeland missions . "
As they continue to improve their mission readiness, there are several
major accomplishments that the HC can be proud of this past year.
"Our rapid deployment and support of operations Noble Eagle, Enduring
Freedom and Iraqi Freedom have been one of our major accomplishments , " said
DiRosa. "We deployed over 2,800 HMs from Claimancy 18 to support units
afloat and in the field, and recalled 1,400 HM reservists to backfill our
medical treatment facility (MTF) personnel ensuring there was minimal
degradation of service to our beneficiaries . "
As the HC looks ahead to future endeavors, they will build upon past
accomplishments and lessons learned.
"These past operations have reinforced the importance of the HC in
carrying out the Navy Medicine mission of FHP, " said DiRosa.
Aveline V. Allen
Wri t er-Edi tor
Public Affairs Office
Bureau of Medicine & Surgery
avallengus . med . navy . mil
202-762-1 705- fax